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France team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988 and will hope to maintain their happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

France team profile

France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988 and will hope to maintain their happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016.

Best result: Winners (1984, 2000)
Coach:
Didier Deschamps
Leading scorer:
all time – Thierry Henry (51); current – Karim Benzema (27)
Most appearances:
all time – Lilian Thuram (142); current – Karim Benzema (81)
Association formed:
1919
Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)
Where they play: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Five best goals from France's friendly campaign

Les Bleus have a happy habit of fulfilling expectations on home soil. They won the 1984 UEFA European Championship, when Michel Platini drove them to victory with a record-breaking final tournament haul of nine goals, and claimed the FIFA World Cup for the one and only time in 1998 when another famous No10, Zinédine Zidane, inspired them to victory with two goals in the final against Brazil (3-0).

Also winners at UEFA EURO 2000, and World Cup runners-up to Italy in 2006, France have struggled to make the same impact at recent major tournaments, falling at the group stage in 2008 and 2010 and exiting in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P134 W74 D34 L26 F255 A124
Final tournament: P32 W15 D8 L9 F49 A39
Qualifying: P102 W59 D26 L17 F206 A85

France have been ever present in the EURO finals since missing out in 1988, an early end to the defence of the trophy they had lifted on home turf four years earlier. Their second victory came at UEFA EURO 2000, Roger Lemerre's side becoming only the second team after West Germany (1972, 1974) to hold the world and European titles at the same time.

It was a close-run thing. Zidane's extra-time penalty settled a tense semi-final against Portugal before Sylvain Wiltord saved them from a showpiece loss to Italy with a last-gasp equaliser, setting the scene for David Trezeguet's golden-goal winner. Automatic qualifiers as hosts, France will attempt to join Spain on three EURO titles in 2016, having suffered a 2-0 defeat by La Roja in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-finals.

Memorable EURO matches
02/07/2000: France 2-1 Italy (aet), UEFA EURO 2000 final

A breathtaking comeback was capped by Trezeguet's first-time finish, a golden-goal decider.

27/06/1984: France 2-0 Spain, 1984 UEFA European Championship final
Platini's ninth goal of the finals set the hosts on the way to their first major trophy.

23/06/1984: France 3-2 Portugal (aet), 1984 UEFA European Championship semi-final
With a penalty shoot-out looming, Platini struck the decisive blow in a thrilling match.

Did you know?
France are the only country apart from Germany and Spain (both three) to have won the UEFA European Championship more than once.

*Last updated 17/11/15

Last updated: 11/12/15 14.46CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 30/05/2016 07:01 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
France1-0Spain
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
12/18/2015 09:43:40
7 September 2014 07 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Serbia1-1France
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
10/17/2015 14:21:57
11 October 2014 11 Oct - Friendlies 2014-16
France2-1Portugal
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
10/17/2015 14:23:27
14 October 2014 14 Oct - Friendlies 2014-16
Armenia0-3France
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
06/11/2015 13:55:10
14 November 2014 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
France1-1Albania
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Stade de la Route-de-Lorient, Rennes (FRA)
06/11/2015 15:45:49
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
France1-0Sweden
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
12/18/2015 10:28:02
26 March 2015 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
France - Brazil
Match cancelled c
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
12/18/2015 10:42:11
26 March 2015 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
France1-3Brazil
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/20/2015 13:36:53
29 March 2015 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
France2-0Denmark
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
06/11/2015 14:50:43
7 June 2015 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
France3-4Belgium
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/20/2015 13:30:11
13 June 2015 13 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Albania1-0France
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB)
01/13/2016 08:59:42
4 September 2015 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
PortugalFrance
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
09/03/2015 09:38:23
7 September 2015 07 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
France2-1Serbia
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique, Bordeaux (FRA)
10/17/2015 14:27:00
8 October 2015 08 Oct - Friendlies 2014-16
France4-0Armenia
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN) Stadium: Allianz Riviera, Nice (FRA)
10/17/2015 14:28:48
11 October 2015 11 Oct - Friendlies 2014-16
Denmark1-2France
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
10/17/2015 14:31:11
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
France2-0Germany
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/20/2015 15:22:56
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
England2-0France
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
12/30/2015 04:49:42
25 March 2016 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Netherlands
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
01/12/2016 08:45:49
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
France
21.00
Russia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
01/12/2016 08:46:00
30 May 2016 30 May - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
France - Ivory Coast
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
30 May 2016 30 May - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
France
21.00
Cameroon
Referee: TBD Stadium: La Beaujoire, Nantes (FRA)
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
France
21.00
Scotland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien, Metz (FRA)
05/29/2016 06:10:59
FranceRomania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
12/13/2015 11:27:00
FranceAlbania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
12/13/2015 13:45:10
SwitzerlandFrance
Referee: TBD Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille Métropole (FRA)
12/15/2015 10:37:03
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:30:35
7 October 2016 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
France
20.45
Bulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:30:35
10 October 2016 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 06:30:36
13 November 2016 13 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
France
20.45
Sweden
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 10:01:49
25 March 2017 25 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 10:28:36
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 11:01:37
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
France
20.45
Netherlands
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 11:43:06
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
France
20.45
Luxembourg
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 12:24:30
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria
20.45
France
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 13:10:02
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
France
20.45
Belarus
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 13:28:11

General info

  • Founded : 1919
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    06/09/1995, France 10-0 Azerbaijan, Auxerre
  • Biggest defeat:
    24/04/1968, Yugoslavia 5-1 France, Belgrade
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 47
    Lilian Thuram (FRA)
  • Top scorers: 18
    Thierry Henry (FRA)